A family with young children ran for their lives after being chased by a group of cheetahs when they get out of their car at a safari park. Picture: Youtube
A family with young children ran for their lives after being chased by a group of cheetahs when they get out of their car at a safari park. Picture: Youtube

VIDEO: Family ‘chased’ by cheetahs

SHOCKING footage has emerged showing a group of cheetahs hunting a family with young kids after they got out of their car at a safari park.

The heart-stopping clip was filmed by visitors in a nearby car at Beekse Bergen Safari Park just outside the Dutch city of Tilburg, The Sun reports.

It shows the family emerging from their car yards from a group of several cheetahs.

A man opens one of the front doors and starts taking pictures.

One of the back doors then opens and a woman climbs out before making her way around to put two items in the boot.

The bystanders in the second car can be heard exclaiming in shock - before two kids then also jump out to stand beside her as the predators start to take notice.

Later on in the footage the family - reportedly from France - climb out of their vehicle again slightly further away.

But this time the cheetahs suddenly jump up and start bounding towards them.

They get back in the car moments before a cheetah pounced. Picture: Youtube
They get back in the car moments before a cheetah pounced. Picture: Youtube

The family run back towards their car as the animals begin to surround them to go in for the kill - making it to safety just in time.

The shocking incident was confirmed by park manager Niels de Wildt, who said the family had been "incredibly lucky".

He told Dutch radio station NOS: "The cheetahs are on a food schedule so they are not extremely hungry and are not in the hunt.

"In the first instance they have the same reaction as when someone rings in unexpectedly, they think, 'Hey, something strange is happening in our territory'.

"But in the end they do respond to this exceptional visit - and these people have been incredibly lucky."

Social media users have expressed their shock at the footage. One Youtube user said "I genuinely cannot fathom how a group of people can be so stupid."

Another asked, "Bloody hell, what is wrong with those people?"

A boy, nine, was reportedly bitten on the arm by a cheetah at the same park in 2009 after he got out of his family's car.

The harrowing footage shows the animals bounding toward them. Picture: Youtube
The harrowing footage shows the animals bounding toward them. Picture: Youtube

He survived but the park insisted after the latest incident that visitors are told in several languages it is strictly forbidden to get out of their cars at any time.

The shocking incident comes just days after a Brit safari park owner was savaged by a lion as he walked through its enclosure in South Africa.

And a zookeeper was mauled by a Siberian tiger after entering its enclosure to feed it in Russia last year.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission.



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